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December 2009 Blog Posts (34)

Community Gardens?

Does anyone have a list of Community Gardens in Springfield? I would be happy to help create one if we dont.
I would just need names and locations to compile the list.

Added by Garden Goddess on December 31, 2009 at 7:53pm — 3 Comments

Governvor's Conference on Agriculture - St. Louis

Register now for the Jan. 7-9 Conference at mda.mo.gov

Think Outside the Barn at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture

If you haven't registered for the 42nd Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture, it is not too late. The Jan. 7-9, 2010 agriculture event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and exciting events in recent history. Governor Jay Nixon will join Missouri farmers and industry leaders in a… Continue

Added by christij on December 31, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Well Fed Neighbor Saves The Day

Well Fed Neighbor Larry Melton saved the day Wednesday.I put out a call for volunteers to fix up the walls and paint at our new office. Larry, who seems to be skilled at about everything, answered the call and headed up our crew of Galen, Joseph Bennett and myself. Larry knew what he was doing, and the rest of us tried to stay out of his way. We had a blast working together and sharing stories, dreams and a few tall tales. The office looks great! Now, all we need is office furniture, a computer… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on December 31, 2009 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Farms-to-forest plan worries Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered his staff to revise a computerized forecasting model that showed that climate legislation supported by President Obama would make planting trees more lucrative than producing food.

The latest Agriculture Department economic-impact study of the climate bill, which passed the House this summer, found that the legislation would profit farmers in the long term. But those profits would come mostly from higher crop prices as a result of the… Continue

Added by stacey mccallister on December 30, 2009 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

Food Security is National Security


Food Security is National Security

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Holding AFT's 'No Farms No Food' Bumpersticker

In the midst of many newsworthy debates over national security, the ability to feed ourselves is often overlooked.

In America, unwise urban sprawl is eating up our nation’s farmland at a rate that… Continue

Added by christij on December 30, 2009 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

MU tree workshop set at FSRC, Linneus, Feb. 27‏


Duane Dailey

Senior Writer

University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group

Phone: 573-882-9181

E-Mail: daileyd@missouri.edu

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MU tree workshop set at FSRC, Linneus, Feb. 27

Pruning, stand improvement add value to logs

Source: Hank Stelzer, 573-882-4444; David Davis, 660-895-5121

LINNEUS, Mo.—A pruning and tree-stand… Continue

Added by christij on December 30, 2009 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

Well Fed Neighbor Office

We are in the midst of setting up our new offices, which were kindly donated by Hummert's/Springfield Seed. These are exciting times for WFNA as we are moving forward on many fronts. A command post has been needed for some time and now we have it. The sooner we have it up and running, the better. Being that we are a volunteer organization, we are asking you to help us find 5-6 office desks and chairs. We need them donated, if possible, or very cheap. Also, the painting process will start today,… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on December 30, 2009 at 8:07am — 13 Comments

NEEDED: Men and Women of Extreme Dedication and Valor

It doesn't take much to come to the conclusion that we are in a fight. Every day it seems that there is another new idea spring up in the news designed to remove just one more layer of our freedom. One new tax. One new regulation.

One new law. One new brilliant idea. One new cutback of a worthy cause. On and on it goes.

This pattern has played out many times in history. Some have let it go unchecked. That's the coward's way, just stand by and take it. They don't get involved, just… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on December 29, 2009 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

MO ballot proposal approved for circulation

The HSUS ballot initiative cracking down on dog breeders in Missouri, which is seen as a threat to all of animal agriculture in the state, has been approved for circulation next year by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. While the Missouri Department of Agriculture is not able to take a stand on the proposal – which would limit operators to 50 or fewer female breeding dogs – Ag Director Jon Hagler tells Brownfield they’re well aware of the intentions behind it, “HSUS has made no secret… Continue

Added by stacey mccallister on December 28, 2009 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Here it comes... Higher taxes on the remaining few farms that produce real local food...... Are you ready to say something now?

It just keeps coming. Galen and i were in Jeff City speaking to the Director of Ag. We were promised a level playing field. We asked them for nothing more.... no money, no favor.... just the right to compete with over-seas corp concerns. I guess this is what they call a level playing field. You aren't going to believe this. do you think this could be an accident?…


Added by Ruell Chappell on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

Eating Locally Grown Food Makes You Happy

Make a New Year's pledge to help RESTORE OUR FOOD AND JOBS.

The WFNA answers these troubled times by delivering a clear message through passionate voluntarism. Instead of pushing ideology, seeking cash and creating hierarchy, we show up as friends. The "food and jobs" restoration mantra poses a profoundly political, but not partisan, question:

"What kind of economic and political system would we have as a consequence of making food choices that are truly healthy and… Continue

Added by Galen Chadwick on December 28, 2009 at 8:43am — 2 Comments

Work Is A Four Letter Word!

It seems to me that everyone we speak with agrees that it is time to take our food, our economy, our freedom back. BUT that comes with a LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY! If you want to be free you must NOT TAKE MONEY FROM THE GOV. Free enterprise is, and always has been, the way. 100 years ago our home was the PERFECT EXAMPLE. The most affluent lived here, everyone had a job, we fed the country its apples, berries and produce, the world its tomatoes...... and we did it by ourselves! Farmers must farm,… Continue

Added by Ruell Chappell on December 27, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Well Fed Neighbor On The Move!

Well Fed Neighbor will soon be on the move. We have been given two offices By Hummert/Springfield Seed at their new location. We should be moved in early next month. How can you help? We need paint and painters to spruce up our space. If any of you would like to donate time or paint, we would appreciate it. Also, if you have a source for office desks, chairs, printer, computer or laptop or a donation toward any of these please let us know. We want our office to reflect what WFNA is all… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on December 23, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Lepold Center Study Compares, Local, Non-Local Food Prices



AMES, Iowa -- If you think local foods are more expensive than their conventional counterparts, think again. Research conducted last summer by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows few differences in price for Iowa-grown vegetables, eggs and meat when compared to similar non-local products.

“We wanted to look at prices for some of the fresh foods that might be found in a typical Iowan’s shopping… Continue

Added by christij on December 23, 2009 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment


I was asked last evening by Galen Chadwick to write and let you know what our Social Helps division of Wel Fed Neighbor has been up to the past week. Given our name, Well Fed Neighbor, we should be looking for ways to help all those we can, with a hand up, not just a hand out. These times are presenting many opportunities as many folks are feeling the pinch, and some the crush of our times. Our reaction to them will either be to reach out and help or draw inward and look to our own interests.… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on December 23, 2009 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

Eggs are here from Millsap Farms!

There here! Free range chicken eggs from Millsap Farms! Now don’t everyone rush out to Millsap farms and request eggs. Eggs are a bi-product of one of the many things they do at Millsap Farms (like fresh, free range chickens!), and they don’t have many in the winter. As the days get longer (starting this week! Yea!) ch...ickens will start producing more eggs, and by summer, they are at their peak of production. But they have enough for us, the Discovery Center (what do they do with fresh eggs?)… Continue

Added by Gary Blankenship on December 22, 2009 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

2010 Master Gardener Training Starts in 5 Weeks

Last Call for 2010 Greene County Master Gardener Classes

Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm, beginning January 26, 2010 through March 4, 2010, with 2 snow days.

There are currently more people who have expressed interest than there is room for in the class. Therefore, enrollment will… Continue

Added by Master Gardeners ofGreene County on December 20, 2009 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

Migrating content from our original blog at www.wellfedneighbor.com

We will soon (few weeks) be changing the address of the original blog. If you have information, events, blog posts that you think need to migrate to this space, please do so. You can easily copy/paste into new blogs. And now when you put events in the calendar you don't need to go through an admin layer. Let me know if there is an asset there that you cannot move. The original site will not go away but it will require a different address to get to access.

Added by ThePopp on December 20, 2009 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Coffee Grounds

If anyone is looking for some coffee grounds for their garden, then we have a source.
I spoke with the owner of The Dancing Mule Coffee company (Randy Austin).
He said he would like to give his used grounds for a "Green Cause".
Address: 1945 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO

Added by Michael Baird on December 20, 2009 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

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